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Many points come up in the abortion debate. Here's a look at 10 abortion arguments from both sides - 10 arguments for abortion and 10 arguments against abortion - for a total of 20 statements covering a range of issues including teen pregnancy, rape and incest, post-abortion stress, health concerns and complications, and whether abortion is moral.
Monica Lewinsky is notorious. The former White House intern is (in)famous for her affair with former president Bill Clinton. After a decade long hiatus from the national spotlight, Lewinsky is reemerging and she has a lot to say.
Romeo and Juliet - Shakespeare's famous teenage couple - are more than star-crossed lovers. They're lending their names to Romeo and Juliet laws - legislation enacted by states that attempts to legally define the difference between child molestation and sex between consenting teenagers.What Romen and Juliet laws mean for teens.
Choosing a prophylactic double mastectomy made perfect sense to a woman whose mother died of breast cancer and whose sister is a BC survivor.
Does the government fund abortions? Do taxpayer dollars pay for abortion? Although the short answer is no, the long answer covers exactly how taxpayer dollars are restricted from paying for abortions and the legislation that blocks government funding of abortion.
How to find an abortion clinic that offer abortion services and avoid those anti-abortion websites that appear to be pro-choice but are designed to scare women away from abortion.
A look at why women choose abortion and the most commonly given reasons why women have an abortion.
What is a cougar, and how old are cougar women? What is the age difference between a cougar and the men she pursues? Definition of a cougar woman, plus several real-life examples of Hollywood cougar couples.
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Most frequently cited by opponents as the country's leading abortion provider, Planned Parenthood does so much more for women's health care. Only 3% of the services provided by Planned Parenthood are abortion services, so what are the other 97%? Here's a detailed account of what Planned Parenthood does.
The state of Georgia has executed Kelly Gissendaner for the murder of her husband in 1997. She joins a short list of women of executed in the U.S.
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What are the different types of abortion and how far along can you be to have an abortion?
When deciding what's the right age to have sex, many young women and teen girls are influenced by their peers. But if they turn to the media for the answer to the question
Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern notorious for her affair with President Bill Clinton, is attempting to reinvent herself again.
Increased safety and security are just a couple of swipes away with these iPhone and smart phone apps that enable you to reach out to resources if you find you're being threatened or may become the victim of rape or sexual assault.
Current statistics and facts on teenage pregnancy in the United States.
Years after she was raped while serving in the military, a wife and mother recalls the traumatic assault, the trust she placed in the officer who betrayed and raped her, the lack of support from the priest who counseled her and her superiors, and the family that refused to back her when she sought to press charges.
Sex with the boss may sound exciting, dangerous, and romantic, but an office affair with the boss can cause resentment from co-workers, impact both your careers, and is a bad idea all around.
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A look at the reasons why teens choose abortion, and the role that parental involvement and access to abortion services play in the decision-making.
Although it's a number many women dread, turning 50 isn't the end of the world. A look at the good, the bad and the ugly of turning fifty for women including increased self-acceptance, menopause, an empty nest, and that inevitable underarm sag that resembles fish bellies.
Abortion facts including annual abortion statistics in the U.S. Essential facts for pro-choice and pro-life advocates.
If you're wondering whether or not your relationship will last, clues to how your partner really feels are revealed when you look at the meaning behind the gifts he's given you.
What is Planned Parenthood -- a health care provider? an organization that provides sex education? a family planning clinic? an advocacy group? Planned Parenthood is each of these things and more. A comprehensive look at the non-profit organization, its mission and outreach, its educational programs for children, teens and young adults, and its training programs for professionals who work with youths.
What is an order of protection? Definition of the legal term, and an explanation of how to get an order of protection.
Drawing from a cross section of political, economic, and social concerns, these top 10 facts about women illustrate why women's issues should be of concern to every woman
What is slut shaming? What does slut shaming involve and who is targeted? Why does slut shaming happen?
The first in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments for abstinence include why abstinence is the only 100% effective method of pregnancy prevention and why delaying sex may be the best choice for teens emotionally and academically.
Jemima Kirke is a star of the hit HBO series “Girls.” Most recently, she’s making headlines because of her candor about a subject that is far too often taboo: abortion.
When a potential government shutdown threatened on April 8, 2011, due to partisan bickering over the federal budget, one of the sticking points between Republicans and Democrats was the so-called 'abortion rider' and funding for Planned Parenthood. What exactly is an abortion rider? Explanation of the abortion rider and why the term is somewhat inaccurate.
Why do we label older women who date younger men 'cougar women'? A look at the stereotypes and misinformation about cougar women from a woman who just happens to date younger men and resists the label.
A link exists between domestic violence and low self-esteem, compounding the difficulty experienced by victims trying to break free from partner abuse.
A list of websites that provide an online directory of abortion clinics that offer abortion services or referrals to abortion providers including links and phone numbers.
Rape survivor Renee DeVesty shares her story after nearly 30 years of silence and explains why women who recover are rape survivors, not rape victims.
While the teen pregnancy rate has been declining overall over the past two decades, rates of teen pregnancy and birth can vary wildly from state to state.
Who was Rosie the Riveter? A description of Rosie the Riveter, a World War II image created for a propaganda campaign to encourage women to work, and how she emerged as an icon of working women.
Serena Williams is one of the greatest—if not the greatest—athlete, man or woman, alive. Despite her talents, work ethic, and sharp business acumen, she is paid less and often afforded less respect than her rivals. Still, throughout this Williams continues to win and to reign on and off the court.
The second in a two-part series on the pros and cons of abstinence, these 10 arguments against abstinence include reasons why this may not be the most realistic approach for all teens and how teens are still at risk of getting STDs even if they refrain from vaginal intercourse but still engage in other forms of sexual contact.
Over three decades since the scandal that took her crown, Vanessa Williams has returned to the Miss America pageant.
Although the term wet nurse is rarely heard today, for centuries it was a position commonly held by poor women who would breastfeed the babies of the aristocracy. How did wet nursing come about and what led to the demise of the profession?
A description of the 1976 Hyde Amendment restricting federal funding for abortions, and its impact on abortion today.
At Gloucester High school, an alleged teenage pregnancy pact has resulted in 17 pregnancies at the school this past year. Why do teens choose to become pregnant, and what are the other issues that complicate the situation?
Learn the 12 tips to protect yourself from cyberstalking.
A diagnosis of ovarian cancer is frightening, but the disease isn't always fatal, as these ovarian cancer survivor stories reveal.
An explanation of what crisis pregnancy centers and pregnancy resource centers offer, along with the findings of the Waxman Report, a government investigation into these centers, many of which receive federal funding.
What are the qualities of women leaders? Is there a gender difference between male and female leadership? Are there leadership qualities unique to women?
It's devastating to lose a mother at any age. For adult daughters, the grief is accompanied by a feeling of being alone, being unmoored, even for women who weren't close to their mothers. A therapist and author of a memoir on her own mother/daughter relationship reflects on the impact of a mother's death on an adult daughter, and the mix of thoughts and feelings that are engendered.
Female friendships often suffer due to moving, marriage or motherhood, prompting many women to seek out new friends. But meeting new people isn't as easy as it once was, and many women are going online to make new friends.
Like many women who dare to simply share their opinions in the public sphere—and in social media in particular—actress and activist Ashley Judd has faced her fair share of backlash. However, after she engaged in some March Madness trash talk on Twitter and was faced with a flurry of violent responses, she is fighting back.
Definition of cyberstalking and examples of the forms it can take.
When a woman overhears the comment that she's a 'butterface,' is that a compliment or an insult? What is the definition of butterface? Where does the meaning of butterface come from?
Although domestic violence affects the lives of 1 out of 4 women, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about this unfortunately common part of society. We’re here to separate fact from fiction.
How common is child sexual abuse? Is the typical perpetrator more likely to be the stranger in the park looking for his lost dog, or a trusted friend or family member? Facts and statistics on the prevalence of child sexual abuse and who's at greatest risk of becoming a victim.
You're thinking about having an abortion and you've got questions about abortion and the abortion process. Having an abortion requires a great deal of advance planning, and this list of six items to consider can help with the decision-making and the process of choosing a legitimate health care provider who offers abortion services.
What is an ectopic pregnancy? Here's a brief answer with resources for more in-depth information.
Ten facts about teen dating violence and statistics on dating abuse in adolescent relationships.
Advances in technology have allowed stalking to go online, with perpetrators accessing personal information. Read about examples of cyberstalking and individual stories.
Facts and statistics on cyberstalking and women
Jane Noe was a college student studying overseas when she was raped by a fellow student. Alone and afraid no one would believe her, she remained silent...until she found out she was pregnant. A pro-choice advocate, Noe explains why her decision to continue on with her pregnancy and keep the baby was the right one for her even as she supports every woman's right to choose.
Rape and physical abuse of prostitutes are all too common in the sex trade. Prostitution statistics reveal that most have endured childhood sexual abuse and face a similar situation in adulthood. Yet the legal system turned a blind eye to prostitutes who've been raped, until the case of Aileen Wuornos made headlines.
Who is more likely to vote, women or men? Are there gender differences in voter turnout between women and men?
A biography and profile of Michelle Obama, wife of presidential candidate and Illinois Senator Barack Obama.
Facts on tween dating abuse and violence, and statistics on tweens and dating violence.
Sending your child off to college is never an easy process. Here are 10 tips on what to expect, how to make saying goodbye easier, and ways to support your child's growing independence.
A look at the history of women on the Supreme Court, including the first female justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the second female justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
A victim of cyberstalking, one woman tells the story of how she eventually became an expert and advocate for others.
How the Hyde Amendment's restrictions on Medicaid abortion coverage hurts those who need abortion services the most - poor women who cannot afford to pay for abortion themselves.
Is there value in female friendships? As women we are more social, more community focused, collaborative, and less competitive than men - and the need for girlfriends is part of our DNA.
Synonymous with older women who date younger men, the term 'cougar' isn't necessarily a compliment -- or an accurate way to describe women whose partners just happen to be younger. The UK entrepreneur behind the Don't Call Me a Cougar blog exposes the fallacies of the cougar stereotype, and says that the term is sexist, ageist, and not empowering to women.
Twelve girls. One small town. Four grades of high school. Five hundred hours of footage. Eight emotional
When a woman faces an unintended pregnancy and a baby she can't raise, when she terminates her pregnancy,
Barbara Walters retires after more than 50 years as a pioneering and prominent television anchor and interviewer.
The 19th amendment, also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment, guaranteed women the right to vote and was signed into law on August 26, 1920.
When a woman turns 50 in the Netherlands, she becomes a Sarah -- old enough to have seen the biblical figure of the same name. The Sarah 50th birthday celebrates older women and has many unique traditions associated with this special birthday.
Although rape victim Renee DeVesty healed physically from her rape, it took years to overcome the emotional trauma and move from victim to rape survivor on the road to recovery from rape.
The fastest growing population in the juvenile justice system, girls are underserved and their specific needs unmet in a system designed for boys. The issues that often drive girls toward delinquency -- such as sexual and physical abuse and neglect -- are made much worse.
Is Sadie Hawkins Day a real day, and is it the same day as Leap Day, February 29? How did it start, and why do women ask men out or propose marriage on Sadie Hawkins Day?
When a child leaves for college, it's particularly hard for women who see themselves as friends first, mothers second, to let go.
What is Title VII? An explanation the types of employment discrimination prohibited by Title VII, including gender. Special focus is given to the concerns of working women.
Many women approach the empty nest phase of their lives with fear and trepidation, and they shouldn't. Of course there's sadness and regret during the initial weeks of getting adjusted to an empty nest, but that's just part of the cycle of life. An empty nest can also mean personal renewal and new opportunities for growth. These 11 tips on thriving during the empty nest years will help you embrace what can be a very exciting time.
What is a millennial? Definition of the term and how millennials are changing the workplace.
What is a prophylactic mastectomy? Definition of prophylactic mastectomy
Drawing from the most current data available from the Guttmacher Institute's February 2012 report on teenage pregnancy, teenage abortion and teenage birth rates, here's a compilation of statistics and facts on teen pregnancy in the U.S. and comprehensive national trends from the most recent year available, 2008.
When it comes to women's health, these ten health issues are the leading causes of death. It's important to know what they are because many are preventable.
The number of child brides and child marriages worldwide is 51 million and is expected to double in the next ten years. And the social and economic impact of child marriages is widespread and overwhelmingly negative.
What is the role of African American women in the black church? In a typical black church the majority of the congregation is female and the pastor in the pulpit is male. Black women have long been recognized as the backbone of the church, yet they are rarely spiritual leaders. What do black women think of this situation?
What is CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women? A description of the United Nations' international human rights treaty also known as the Treaty for the Rights of Women.
How much does an abortion cost? The answer depends on what type of abortion you choose -- an in-clinic procedure or a medication abortion involving the abortion pill.
New laws propose that women be jailed for certain pregnancy outcomes, especially if they take drugs while pregnant. But is jailing mothers the answer?
Rape myths -- beliefs about sexual violence and rape victims -- are almost always wrong yet persist in our culture and are commonly accepted beliefs. A definition of what rape myths are, examples of common rape myths, and the story of a CBS reporter whose rape in Egypt in February 2011 illustrates the negative impact of rape myths.
The occupations that employ the most women continue to fall under the 'traditional' careers for women. These jobs also employ the largest percentage of women, and the top ten occupations for women account for 28% of the female labor force.
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The Equal Rights Amendment or ERA, proposed and passed by Congress but never ratified by the required number of states, guarantees the equality of rights of both women and men under the Constitution.
If CEDAW - the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women - is an international bill of rights for women, why won't the U.S. ratify CEDAW? A look at the reasons why, the presidents who supported it, and the groups that oppose it.
A survivor of domestic violence who escaped after 23 years of abuse debunks myths about domestic violence with examples drawn from her own experiences.
A description of Title IX which changed the face of women's sports.
The decision whether or not to require high schools to provide sex education, HIV education, or abstinence education to their students is made at the state level and has a significant impact on teen pregnancy and teen birth rates, not to mention contraceptive use. Based on the findings of the Guttmacher Institute, this article examines which states have specific requirements in place and where abstinence only education is all that's offered to students.
Every time a sex scandal rocks the headlines, a powerful man is involved. What is the connection between men, sex and power, and why do powerful men behave so badly towards women? How does politics play into sex and power?
Even when we think we're being careful, we reveal a surprising amount of personal information when we use social networking sites and social media. These 10 tips for women and girls can help protect your privacy and reduce the risk of stalking and identity theft.
A doula is generally understood as someone trained to assist another woman during childbirth and who may provide support to the family after the baby is born. But what about a woman getting an abortion? She just might need a doula too.
Race matters when it comes to weight, as studies show black women can weigh more than white women, have higher BMI and waist circumference measurements, and still be healthier.
What is pelvic inflammatory disease? How does it relate to sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and can it affect a woman's ability to become pregnant?
Tips from a recovering binge eater - 10 ways to help a binge eater including specific ways in which you can offer support to help them from binging.
A college student who's faced Binge Eating Disorder discusses ways to avoid triggers at college.
While we want to elect a President we can have a beer with, we still expect the First Lady to fit into a traditional role that is sadly out of touch with the times. Why does this double standard continue to exist, and what are the expectations that candidates' wives and potential First Ladies are burdened with?
In a groundbreaking policy move, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines that require insurance providers to offer no cost birth control and FDA-approved contraceptive devices, HIV screening, well-woman care and breastfeeding support. It was a decision consistent with the Obama administration's earlier pledge to support women based on the findings of a national non-profit advisory group and several key factors.
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Is prostitution a victimless crime? The answers given by men and women expose a gender gap in opinion. Prostitution does not empower women but exposes them to greater violence and abuse. Opinions and facts provided by women who have studied the sex trade industry, along with quotes from a former prostitute.
First impressions are critical in our personal and professional lives. Here are 10 tips for women to boost confidence and project presence in any situation.
Most women will experience sexual harassment in their lives, and it'll happen at the hands of a man who is more powerful than her -- typically a boss, supervisor, or one of the higher-ups in her workplace. What is it that makes some powerful men think they can get away with sexually harassing women? Does power change how men regard women?
A biography of Yahoo CEO and former Google VP Marissa Mayer including details about her family, childhood and early influence, high school and college years, personal life, and her achievements and successes during her 13 years at Google.
Freshman year of college is one of transition, change, and growing independence, especially for female students. These 10 tips -- advice from a graduating college senior -- are geared to girls entering college for the first time and will help you to know what to expect and how to handle the challenges ahead.
It goes by many names, like “le petit mort” and the big O, or simply as an orgasm. What’s your women’s orgasm IQ?
Look at teenage birth rates by state and you'll see a wide disparity between the states with the highest rate and the one with the lowest. What state has the highest teen birth rate? Which one has the lowest? And is the recent nationwide decline in teenage births reflected in every state?
Does media sexism and sexist attacks against female candidates hurt them politically? A study by Lake Research Partners shows that not only does it negatively influence voters and reduce support for female candidates, it impacts their male opponents as well.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s latest platform is promoting girls’ education.
Change often happens when we see others accomplish what we want to do ourselves. A look at the different areas in which women implement change in their lives, and advice from those who've changed for the better.
If you want to give a distinctive gift with special meaning, why not shop for gifts that give back to the women who produced them? These gifts 'give twice' by benefiting both seller and recipient. Often handmade by artisans who work within a women's collective, these socially responsible gifts provide financial support and economic independence to women, their families and communities. Browse this list of over a dozen resources for online gifts -- all benefit women, and many qualify as fair trade gifts.
What does affirmative action mean for women?
The gender pay gap that exists might not sound so bad when looked at year by year; after all, the typical woman worker earns an estimated $5,000 less than her male co-worker. But when factored over a lifetime, the pay inequity results in a loss of close to half a million dollars. A look at the extent of the gender pay gap and ongoing attempts to close the gap through litigation and legislation.
How different is feminism in India from feminism in the West? Author and Indian feminist Sarojini Sahoo explains how Eastern feminism has an additional hurdle to overcome - tigher restrictions on female sexuality - and why women are the victims of cultural practices such as bride burning and dowry killings.
A list of the top ten states in the US that have the highest abortion rates among teenagers age 15-19.
One woman's recollection of Hillary Clinton at the Beijing Conference on Women in 1995.
Is TLC's polygamy reality show 'Sister Wives' worth watching? A feminist takes a look at the family dynamics between Kody Brown and the sister wives, and wonders if a polygamist can be accused of cheating on his wives. Page 2.
The decision by Susan G. Komen For the Cure to defund Planned Parenthood in February 2012 has become a textbook example of how a non-profit organization with a flawless reputation imploded overnight and lost much of its grassroots funding. Also key in the controversy was the role of social media which pitted pro-choice supporters against those who oppose abortion. This look at the Komen / Planned Parenthood controversy examines both organizations along with Komen's ill-fated plans, the fallout and its aftermath.
Is the U.S. ready for a female President? Some say America is ready for a female president, while others disagree.
What is child sexual abuse? Does the abuse always include physical contact, or can abuse occur without touching? Is it child sexual abuse if the perpetrator is another child? A short article on the definition of child sexual abuse.
An adult daughter comes to terms with the terminal diagnosis and impending death of a parent, and recalls the special father daughter relationship they shared.
When women politicians experienced sexism and sexist attacks on the campaign trail, they believed that 'put up and shut up' was in their best interests. Now we know better, and one female candidate learned the hard way that sexist attacks hurt women in politics and silence isn't golden -- it's the biggest political mistake a woman can make.
Who are the women who keep their names, and why do they make this choice? The personal and political implications that shape the decision.
If you overhear sexist comments about women, do you just keep quiet or do you speak up? Although it's not easy, speaking up lets others know that gender bias against women is unacceptable.
It's common knowledge that women earn less than men, but what are the facts and statistics? Numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal how wide or narrow the gender wage gap is based on age, race, education, and marital status
There is an anti-choice frenzy sweeping the nation in the wake of Obamacare. What is the Right doing to undermine women's access to reproductive care?
Information on the Hyde Amendment which set in place abortion restrictions that negatively impacted poor women's access to reproductive choice.
The history of women running for president spans more than 140 years and reveals how the idea of a female candidate evolved from novelty to reality. These women mounted significant campaigns that changed the face of politics. Included are six women whose collective candidacies moved us closer to the Oval Office.
Men are more likely to view women as sex objects after seeing sexy images such as photos of women in bikinis, according to a study by psychologist Susan Fiske.
A review of Darren Aronofsky's 'Black Swan' which examines a number of women's themes woven throughout the film -- themes involving mother daughter relationships, female friendships, the transition from girlhood to womanhood, sexual harassment, women's power, female sexuality and the pursuit of perfection.
A biography and profile of Susan Rice, named by President Barack Obama as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
Candida Royalle is a feminist icon that changed the world of pornography with her progressive films that unapologetically centered women’s pleasure. She has died of ovarian cancer at age 64.
A Kent State psychologist reveals why narcissistic men harbor hostility toward heterosexual women, and why dating narcissistic men may be a very bad idea.
Recently, the California State Assembly passed FACT, which stands for the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act. FACT will make it harder for pregnancy crisis centers to lie to women and requires licensed reproductive health clinics to inform patients of California programs to help them access affordable family planning, abortion services, and prenatal care.
Girls, teens and women confront body image issues every day. With the U.S. premiere of five separate documentaries, BBC America explores Hollywood-style extreme weight loss, teenage obesity, breast enlargement, breast reduction, and gender identification through the eyes of a teen dealing with transsexuality.
What's the meaning behind Sarah Palin's children's names? Why do they have such unusual names?
Angela Davis is more than the iconic afro she wore in the 1960s and 70s. She is a living legend whose radical activism in areas ranging from economics, to feminism, to prison abolition, continue to make her a sought after speaker, author, and advocate.
Magic Mike XXL probably won’t win any Oscars, but it doesn’t have to. It’s a winner because of its surprising feminist politics.
The online campaign #ShoutYourAbortion seeks to destigmatize women’s abortion experiences.
Emma Watson, perhaps most famous for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, is now making a name for herself as a fierce advocate for feminism and women’s issues.
An explanation of the terms female circumcision and female genital mutilation including a look at where it's practiced, statistics on how many women are affected, why this cruel act of violence against girls and women continues, and the organizations fighting to end the practice.